• The Three Foundational Principles of Student Engagement and Student Motivation Pt3

    In the last couple of posts we have looked at the first two foundational principles of student motivation and student engagement; Autonomy and Mastery. Today we will look at the third foundation which is PURPOSE.Purpose can be defined as the yearning to do something in the context of something larger than us. Every teacher regardless […]

  • The Three Foundational Principles of Student Engagement and Student Motivation Pt2

    I am yet to meet a teacher who doesn’t wrestle with student engagement, student motivation and classroom management.  The great news is that increasing the motivation and engagement of your students is not rocket science you just need to have a few fundamental principles in place!  Yesterday we looked at the first foundational principle of […]

  • The Three Foundational Principles of Student Engagement and Student Motivation Pt1

    Intrinsic motivation is based on three foundational principles: Autonomy Mastery Purpose Out of the 3 autonomy is the most important.  Autonomy is not about going it alone – kind of like the rebellious teenager, but rather autonomy refers to being able to act with choice.  More specifically when we talk about students (or anyone for that […]

  • Rewarding Teachers – Will it work?

    Yesterday I posted about an article in the Chicago Tribune reporting that Florida had finalised their plan to modernise teaching.  There were a range of changes about to be rolled out – one of them being that teachers were to be rewarded based on how much their students learn. The idea of providing financial incentives […]

  • The Plan to Modernise Teaching

    There was an article in the Chicago Tribune earlier this week that reported on the progress of the plans in Florida to finalise their ‘Roadmap for modernizing the teaching profession’.  According to the article Florida has passed legislation that will formalise their plans that will apparently (and I quote) “transform the educational status quo”. The […]

  • Will the Technology in the Classroom Debate Result in 2 Classes of Teachers

    Last week I wrote a post about the technology in the classroom debate.  The main point being that we need to be careful of becoming so focussed on our philosophy of teaching that we exclude what others are doing that works.  There has been a lot of discussion about this post (especially over at LinkedIn) […]

  • An Open Letter to Educators

    In the post a few days ago on the technology debate in the classroom I referred to an article showing that 2 of the top 12 performing Primary Schools in NSW are based on the Rudolf Steiner philosophy of education which actively discourages the use of technology in the classroom.  The point of that post […]

  • The Technology In The Classroom Debate…

    There was an interesting article in the Sun Herald this weekend (click here to read the article).  In it they point out that 2 out of the top 12 primary schools in NSW Australia actively discourage the use of technology in the classroom.  Both Schools use the Rudolf Steiner philosophy of education which embraces the […]

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